Jeff Clayton

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For those of a similar name, see Geoffrey Clayton (disambiguation).
From left: From left: Spike Robinson, Jeff Clayton, Fraser MacPherson, Ken Peplowski at Otter Crest, Oregon in May 1989. Photo courtesy of the Fraser MacPherson estate

Jeff Clayton (born February 16, 1954) is an American jazz alto saxophonist and flautist.

Clayton studied oboe at California State University and undertook a tour with Stevie Wonder. Following this he recorded with Gladys Knight, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, Patti Labelle, and Madonna. With his brother John Clayton he founded The Clayton Brothers in 1977, and later formed the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with Jeff Hamilton.

He has worked with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Ethan Smith, and Lena Horne, and played in the Count Basie Orchestra while under the leadership of Thad Jones. From 1989 to 1991 he was a member of the Phillip Morris Superband. He also toured with Gene Harris, Dianne Reeves, Joe Cocker, B.B. King and Ray Charles.

Grammy Nomination[edit]

In December 2009 Brother To Brother by The Clayton Brothers received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group category.

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